Less work, more summer – and always good coffee (+giveaway)

summer picnic good coffee

Sponsored collaboration with Slurp

 

I feel like every year I say the same thing: I love summer. I love the green leaves and flowers everywhere. I love the endless sunlight and the light feeling I get. I love how everything comes to life.

I’m thinking of a reason not to repeat myself, but I can’t think of any. Because the feeling comes back, every year, just as strong. I smile. I feel as if there’s more time (well, there is, because of the light and the energy it gives me).  I feel like I can go and take a break outside, have a nice picnic without timing it. That actually feels like the exact thing I should be doing.

And I know I’m lucky for being able to do that, but at the same time I’ve decided to be my own boss and that’s not just sunshine and rainbows.

But still – Summer is the perfect season to relax a little. To look back at winter, fall and spring and cut some slack.

 

Espro Travel Press

Espro Travel Press – fresh coffee on the go

And what better way than a picnic with some good, fresh coffee? You know it – I’m drinking good coffee even on a picnic. Life is too short for bad coffee and all that.

Besides – coffee outdoors? Oh boy. It tastes even better, just like food does. Drinking my coffee on a blanket, watching the sky and the trees and our beautiful nature – I’m reminded of all the lovely mornings on a summer cottage and I feel like I’m on a holiday. Even for just a sip of a moment.

On my first post with Slurp I talked about making those coffee moments special with coffee subscription. But did you know that Slurp also sells coffee equipment? Well, in this post I’m introducing Espro Travel Press, which upgrades your picnic take away coffees. You can actually make coffee in just a few minutes, fresh.

Espro Travel Press is actually awarded the product of the year by Specialty Coffee Association of America.

 

How Espro Travel Press works

What’s awesome about Espro Travel Press is that it makes delicious coffee and keeps it warm and fresh. You can make French press type of coffee, filter coffee or tea with it.

It’s very simple. You simply throw in the coffee and some hot water, push the filter in and withing a few minutes your coffee is ready. The brewing of the coffee stops once the plunger is pressed down, so you don’t have to worry about the coffee grounds on the bottom.

I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical about this thing – but after trying it and tasting the coffee made with it, I’m sold. It’s great. There’s no going back to regular coffee brought on a thermos to a picnic. My picnics suddenly got even better. 

If you have a problem with your coffee turning cold – this could be your solution. It keeps it hot so you can enjoy hot coffee all throughout the afternoon.

Giveaway! Win your own Espro Travel Press

Now you can also win your own Espro Travel Press by commenting this post. Make sure to leave your email, so that I can contact you, in case you are the lucky one. Giveaway is internationally open until 30.6.19. I’ll contact the winner personally.

 

And hey – If you would like to try SLURP coffee subscription (get freshly roasted coffee right on your doorstep), you can now get -30% off from your first coffee with the code ‘Charlottatakkula’. Order your SLURP subscription here.

 

My body is written with scars

scars on my body stretch marks positivity

scars on my body stretch marks positivity

I don’t need to cover my stretch marks in glitter to celebrate them. They already tell me a story of a young girl growing up and becoming her own person. They remind me, that beautiful is imperfect. They remind me, that skin, is just skin.

 

This morning I woke up with a nice tan. Perfect, really. It’s almost as if I’ve been to a beach holiday for a week and managed to get the most even tan ever, without the dryness. And yes, obviously my color is from a self tanner. I’ve been trying out a new one that I really like.

But that’s not the point of this post – just a nice detail (I’ll tell you about the product at the end of this post).

I woke up with the tan and I realized that it made my stretch marks really stand out. A real tan does that as well, mind you. The skin on my scars is lighter, smoother and different and that makes them stand out especially when I tan.

I was reminded, that I’m actually full of those scars. And when I say full, I mean full. That might surprise you – even though I’m normal weight or skinny in some standards, and have never really been much bigger than this, I still have stretch marks.

And since it’s the bikini season and there are so many women and men being insecure about their bodies and imperfections, I wanted to talk a little about #scarpositivity.

 

body positivity

Stretch marks are just skin

I have stretch marks on my back, on my hips, on my butt, thighs, shins, arms and boobs. My body is full of them, especially the womenly parts. I got them when puberty hit me and I think one of the reasons I got so much of them was because puberty hit me hard. I grew up quick, literally. After anorexia and other eating disorders, suddenly my body went from very thin to normal. I’m pretty sure my eating disorder prevented me from growing up gradually (if that makes sense?) and when I finally started eating better, my body could change.

My post on eating disorders: Living with the monster

And then again, I think I’m just one of those people who get stretch marks easily. The scars on my back came when I was very young, before puberty. I remember my school doctor looking at my back and saying, that usually only boys get those linear scars. A comment that a young girl doesn’t necessarily want to hear, mind you.

But here I am. With my scars. And you know what? I don’t mind them. At all. (Okay okay, there are moments where the scars on my inner thighs slightly upset me.)

 

mental health

I’m not ashamed of them. I’m not appalled by them. I might actually feel a little empowered by them. I don’t need to cover my stretch marks in glitter to celebrate them. They already tell me a story of a young girl growing up and becoming her own person. They remind me, that beautiful is imperfect. They remind me, that skin, is just skin.

And yes – when they were bright red, in my teens, they were the most horrible thing in the world. They were red. They were visible, if I was wearing an open top. I was angry.  I was finally becoming a woman, but at what cost? I was a red-striped zebra – definitely not something I signed in for.

Stretch marks are just skin

But here I am and I’m okay. They turned out to be just skin (who would have guessed?). They got lighter. They became my skin. They are not visible, not really. Only if you know to look for them.

And I’m not sure why, but I feel calm and reassured now. The marks on my body, they didn’t matter. They didn’t prevent me from living my life.

So whatever is on my mind now, stressing me out or making me feel ugly – I’m pretty sure in ten years from now, it won’t matter. Or if it does, it’s only making me stronger.

I guess I just really wanted to say, that stretch marks and scars are normal. They are just skin. I have lots of them and I’m pretty sure if I ever got pregnant I would have a ton more. They could upset me for a while, after which I would accept them and move on.

Loving your own body and skin – now there’s a beautiful thing to remember and cherish.

 

minetan violet self tan 1 hour tan

minetan Super Dark Violet 1 Hour Express Tan review

I got gifted this product from lookfantastic. *adlink

The self-tanner I used was *minetan’s  1 hour express tan in the shade Super Dark Violet. I’m not sure if the color really matters (there are different options), because the active ingredient is your basic DHA. I really like this self tanner. It’s easy to apply with a mitt, it blends easily and dries quickly. That’s one of the benefits of a foam – they are the lightest option when it comes to skin feel. It gives a natural looking tan, that is not orange.  It lasts pretty well on my skin and wears off gradually, which is a good thing as well. I also used the *minetan mitt, which made the application process smooth. I really recommend using some mitt, that way you don’t have to worry about orange hands.